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April 9, 1980 – Fort Lauderdale Strikers vs. New York Cosmos

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Fort Lauderdale Strikers vs. New York Cosmos
April 9, 1980
Lockhart Stadium
Attendance: 18,572

North American Soccer League Programs
112 pages

 

One of the all-time great matches in Fort Lauderdale Strikers history.  The Strikers hosted the mighty New York Cosmos at Lockhart Stadium in front of a near-sellout crowd in their third match of the 1980 North American Soccer League season.

The Strikers leaped out to a sudden 2-0 advantage, thanks to a pair of quick goals from Peruvian World Cup star Teofilo Cubillas in the 6th and 7th minutes. Francisco Marinho, who played for the Cosmos in 1979, set up both of Cubillas’ first half goals.  In the 2nd half, it was Cubillas and Marinho again, with Cubillas getting his third of the night for a hat trick in the 51st minute and Marinho adding the coup de grace in 87th en route to a resounding 4-1 victory.

On the other end of the field, Strikers defender Ken Fogarty frustrated New York’s star striker Giorgio Chinaglia for most of the night, holding the NASL’s all-time leading scorer off the scoring sheet until it no longer mattered. Chinaglia got his first goal of the 1980 season in the 80th minute when it no longer mattered, but it kept the Cosmos from suffering a shutout.

What was otherwise a great night for soccer in Fort Lauderdale was marred late in the final minute of the match when a fan leapt over a field barrier and assaulted Iranian-born Cosmos defender Andranik Eskandarian.  The U.S. was in the thick of the Iranian hostage crisis at the time.  Chinaglia got a few kicks in at the attacker before he was lead away by police.  Eskandarian was dazed but unhurt.

After the match, Cosmos players and coaches spoke highly of the Strikers effort.

“If they play with the guts they played with tonight, they’ll be in the Soccer Bowl,” Cosmos technical director Julio Mazzei told Hal Habib of The Miami Herald.

Franz Beckenbauer agreed.  “If they always play like tonight, they’ll have a good chance to win the championship.”

Mazzei and Beckenbauer were right.  This match turned out to be a preview of the Soccer Bowl ’80 championship match, played five months later before 50,000 fans in Washington D.C.   But the Cosmos would flip the script in the Soccer Bowl, taking apart the Strikers with a decisive 3-0 victory.

Bob Lenarduzzi of the Vancouver Whitecaps was pictured on the cover of the evening’s KICK Magazine match program.

 

==Downloads==

April 9, 1980 Fort Lauderdale Strikers Game Notes

April 9, 1980 New York Cosmos Game  Notes

 

==Additional Sources==

“Cosmos Expect To Get Better”, Hal Habib, The Miami Herald, April 10, 1980

“Cosmos Lost It, Fan Attacks Player”, Ike Kuhns, The Newark-Star Ledger, April 10, 1980

 

==Links==

New York Cosmos Home Page

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